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April 6, 2021

SickKids preparing to receive admissions of younger adults with COVID-19 to ICU

The recent increase of COVID-related ICU admissions has strained the adult health-care system. As a result, SickKids is opening an eight-bed unit within the ICU for previously healthy adults (approximately 40 years old and under) with COVID-19. The eight-bed unit will be made available for adults if needed.

February 26, 2021

New research reveals impact of COVID-19 pandemic on child and youth mental health

SickKids-led study shows troubling impact of COVID-19 pandemic on child and youth mental health.

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February 24, 2021

New study will examine if inequities are contributing to an increased risk of COVID-19 within the Black Canadian population

The Government of Canada, through its COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF), is providing $1.2 million in funding for a study investigating how many people in Black Canadian communities have had SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, and the risk factors associated with both contracting the infection and having poor outcomes, including hospitalization and death.

January 21, 2021

News release: Updated COVID-19 school operation guidance document released by SickKids-led group

Experts stress that in-person school with strong application of the recommended enhanced infection prevention and control strategies and a robust testing strategy is the best option for children of all ages.

January 21, 2021

Full document: COVID-19: Guidance for School Operation during the Pandemic

SickKids-led group of Ontario experts updated their guidance document on school operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The most significant changes include testing recommendations, enhanced physical distancing and non-medical mask use, emphasis on cohorting and updates to the section on mental health and wellness.

January 14, 2021

New study reports on secondary impacts of COVID-19 measures on hospital care for paediatric patients and families

Measures to preserve hospital capacity and reduce spread during the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in broad social and clinical impacts on paediatric patients and families.

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January 8, 2021

SickKids statement on deferring in-person school attendance

Taking the time now to focus on lowering the level of community transmission and enhancing in-school mitigation strategies is critical to ensuring everyone’s safety.

December 15, 2020

Keeping patients home for the holidays: Innovative virtual care program brings complex ventilator support into the home

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the deployment of the LIVE program to minimize hospital visits for high-risk patient population.

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December 14, 2020

SickKids and Holland Bloorview launch COVID-19 testing sites for children with medical complexity, developmental conditions

SickKids and Holland Bloorview are joining forces to make COVID-19 testing for children with medical complexity and children with developmental conditions more convenient and less stressful for them and their families.

December 7, 2020

Preliminary findings shared from COVID-19 child mental health research study

70 per cent of children and youth surveyed reported worse mental health during the initial spring lockdowns.

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December 7, 2020

New universal masking policy in effect at SickKids

Effective today, our universal masking policy requires everyone age 6 and older to wear a hospital-provided mask at SickKids. This policy applies to staff, family caregivers, visitors, vendors, suppliers, and contractors.  

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December 4, 2020

SickKids experiencing COVID-19 outbreak in non-patient care area

SickKids is no longer experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff in the Core Lab, a clinical testing lab in the hospital.

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